Presented by ART ON THE MOVE & the Art Gallery of Western Australia
ART ON THE MOVE (AOTM) and the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) are working collaboratively with regional galleries to build audiences and foster networks for art exhibitions that contribute to the liveability of WA through an investment program – Regional Exhibition Touring Boost (RETB). A key aim of RETB is to increase the number of touring visual arts exhibitions, mobilise regional access to the State’s Art Collections and activate local art collections. The RETB is managed by the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries, supported by Royalties for Regions and delivered in partnership by ART ON THE MOVE and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
The initial phase of this six year project will include the tour of two capsule exhibitions from the Art Gallery of WA State Art Collection into regional WA. The program will be enhanced with professional development and learning programs. A regional galleries mapping and needs analysis will assess the current state of galleries in WA and build the capacity of regional public galleries to receive and present touring visual art exhibitions by providing professional development for gallery staff through a small capital upgrade fund.
Public Galleries play a vital role in regional communities by supporting their social, cultural and economic growth. We look forward to working with our partners to develop arts and cultural experience for all Western Australians.
Freighting Ideas is a paradigm shift that challenges the notion of traditional exhibition touring by making audiences, ideas and creativity central to engagement. In this model a key concept connected to works via a series of capsule exhibitions from the State Art Collection, is used as a starting point for developing projects and engagement opportunities that are relevant and meaningful to diverse regional WA audiences.
Famous Sharron, famous for nothing at all, is the Freighting Ideas Audience Ambassador and will connect audiences and the touring exhibitions. She will reach out with her unique Shazzisms, through direct engagement, provocations, a book launch and site-specific activations.
Regional Galleries Mapping & Needs Analysis
The Regional Galleries Mapping & Needs Analysis Project is an integral part of the Regional Exhibition Touring Boost. RETB will share Western Australian culture more widely within the state and attract visitors, by touring more high-quality visual arts exhibitions. The data obtained from this survey will help gather insight for AOTM and AGWA to provide advice, professional development and meaningful lifelong learning and potential employment opportunities to the public gallery sector in regional WA. Key issues identified from the sector will inform how best to improve access to the states collection managed by AGWA and increase touring of exhibitions to regional communities. The results collected will be used to articulate and advocate the value of public galleries for potential investment needs to our Local, State and Federal investors.
With the first phase of data collection complete, the raw data has shown interesting findings. A high level report has been produced and presented at the WA Showcase 2019, and much consulting across the sector is taking place. Read the report below:
Exhibition One | How Did I Get Here?
How Did I Get Here is the first capsule exhibition from AGWA’s State Art Collection featuring video and photographic works by seven Australian contemporary artists. These works will be interwoven with complementary pieces from the local art collections; asking the question ‘How Did I Get Here?’ inviting audiences to contemplate how their relationships and environments define their sense of self.
Exhibition One | Venues
13 April – 11 May, 2019
“It was a fantastic experience and it lifted the communities exceptions of art to another level. The gallery staff and volunteers have gained valuable professional development and are excited at the prospect of the continuation of the program.”
Collie Art Gallery
20 July – 1 September, 2019
Ningaloo Centre, Exmouth
14 September – 13 October, 2019
Bunbury Regional Art Galleries
18 January – 1 March, 2020
Carnarvon Library and Gallery
16 May – 19 June, 2020
The East Pilbara Art Centre
4 July – 9 August, 2020
Geraldton Regional Art Gallery
22 August – 12 September, 2020
Art Gallery of WA
This project has been made possible through the Regional Exhibition Touring Boost managed by the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries, supported by Royalties for Regions and delivered in partnership by ART ON THE MOVE and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.